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Anera Statement on Israeli Annexation of Palestinian Lands

by Anera

Jun 26, 2020

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Anera is gravely concerned about Israeli annexation implications for Palestinian livelihoods, health, food security and resource management. The June 1967 Arab-Israeli war resulted in Israeli occupation of the Palestinian West Bank and East Jerusalem, among other territories. Today, Israel is making moves to formally annex some of these illegally occupied lands, including potentially all the…

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International Humanitarian NGOs Warn Israeli Annexation Will Deepen Suffering and Poverty

by Anera

Jun 25, 2020

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Anera joined a group of 10 humanitarian organizations that work in the region to issue a statement this week about potential Israeli annexation of Palestinian land.

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On This Land | على هذه الأرض

by Anera

Apr 22, 2020

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We have on this land that which makes life worth living We have on this land all of that which makes life worth living The opening lines of famed Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish’s poem are an apt reminder that we are all responsible for preserving and protecting the lands we call home. Refugees have a…

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A letter to the U.S. Administration from humanitarian organizations

by Anera

Apr 6, 2020

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On Friday, April 3, Anera joined 13 other humanitarian organizations in urging the State Department and USAID to resume funding for humanitarian and development programs in the West Bank and Gaza to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The other signatory organizations are the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), CARE, Catholic Relief Services (CRS),…

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Anera’s Lebanon Work in the COVID-19 Era

by Anera

Mar 26, 2020

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“What does it mean when you shut down a country that was already impoverished and broken?” This is the question Anera’s country director Samar El Yassir poses. No one knows the answer yet, but, based on the facts we know, it can’t be good. Most businesses are closed, which means that day laborers, drivers, and…

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An update on our work during the pandemic

by Anera

Mar 19, 2020

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Anera is carefully following the COVID-19 pandemic and what it means for our people, partners and programs. Our thoughts and best wishes for health and safety are with everyone in the Anera family  – staff, donors, partners, funders, and most particularly the Palestinians, Syrians, Lebanese and Jordanians living in the vulnerable communities where we work…

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Updates from Lebanon

by Anera

Mar 10, 2020

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October 17, 2019 marked the onset of ongoing public protests in Lebanon in which hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets nationwide. A series of mismanaged crises that hit the country in the preceding weeks, including a dollar shortage, gas stations on strike, and taxes imposed on basic commodities and services, triggered…

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Update from Gaza

by Anera

Nov 13, 2019

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Conflict between Gaza and Israel is once again escalating this week. The following account of the current situation for civilians in Gaza comes from a call with an Anera Gaza staff member. “It was quiet for about 6 hours overnight but the bombing started again at around dawn. “We’re all so tired of this in…

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Wildfires and mass protests – an update from Anera Lebanon

Oct 25, 2019

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I am writing this from home because we haven’t been able to go to the office. This is now the ninth day of demonstrations. The day before yesterday the protests accelerated and there are now more roadblocks. Even if you live in Beirut you won’t be able to get from neighborhood to neighborhood in a…

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On-the-Ground | U.S. Funding Cuts to Palestine: The Impact on Programs and People

by Anera

May 28, 2019

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In an abrupt end to nearly 50 years of bipartisan support for Palestinian assistance, in August 2018, the U.S. administration announced it was pulling over $500 million in budgeted aid to Palestinians for the fiscal year ($200 million in bilateral aid for USAID, $300 million for UNRWA). Assistance administered by the United States Agency for…

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